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Beyond Borders: Mutual Imaginings of Europe and the Middle East (800–1700)
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The 25th biennial conference of the Barnard Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program brings together scholars whose work challenges the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800–1700.

12/3/2016
When: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Where: Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway
New York, New York  10027
United States
Contact: Rachel Eisendrath

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The 25th biennial conference of the Barnard Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program brings together scholars whose work challenges the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800–1700. Rather than thinking of these areas in isolation, this interdisciplinary conference reveals the depth of their mutual influence, exploring how trade, war, migration, and the exchange of ideas connected East and West during their formative periods. Distant worlds were not only objects of aggression, but also, inextricably, of fantasy and longing, as Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers looked to each other to understand their own cultural histories and to imagine their futures.

Plenary speakers are Nabil Matar of the University of Minnesota and Nancy Bisaha of Vassar College. For registration and a preliminary schedule, please go to the following website: medren.barnard.edu.

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